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Jarome Iginla named NHL’s first star for March

Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla passes the puck up the ice past Washington Capitals centre Marcus Johansson during the third period at Verizon Center.

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Boston forward Jarome Iginla has been named the NHL's first star for March after his explosive month helped the Bruins climb to the top of the standings.

Iginla led all players with 13 goals in March and added four assists for 17 points in 17 games. He scored on a league-best 31 per cent of his shots over the month to power the Bruins to a 15-1-1 record.

The 36-year-old Edmonton native scored his 30th goal of the season on Saturday, reaching the milestone for the 12th time in his 17-year career. He also recorded his 560th career goal, tying Guy Lafleur for 24th in NHL history.

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Detroit's Gustav Nyquist earned second-star honours. Nyquist had 12 goals and 18 points to help the Red Wings move into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia centre Claude Giroux has been named the third star. Giroux led all players with 15 assists and 21 points to help the Flyers complete a 9-3-2 March and maintain third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Elsewhere, Tampa Bay Lightning left-wing Ondrej Palat was named the rookie of the month. Palat led all rookies with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 16 games.

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